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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out whyMark Twain, Author

That may be true, but Kathy and Terry Green had a third day when they found special meaning in retirement. After raising a family and having successful business careers, the Greens retired to Homosassa. He planned on playing lots of golf and she envisioned growing her home sewing line. Instead, they found unexpected opportunity and ways to make their new community a little better.

If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.Will Rogers, American Humorist.

As they grew to know Homosassa, they also grew to appreciate the people and realized that folks had varied talents just waiting to be used. The Greens were successful in uniting folks to volunteer on projects that had the common goal of making the community better. They always gave credit and thanks to the volunteers, shining any spotlight away from themselves.

Homosassa native Rodney MacRae says, ” They created an atmosphere that made good people do great things.” Connie Wright-Gatto added that “Kathy and Terry were the best at building community. They gave so much of their time to Homosassa.”

Maybe it was like herding cats; however, after years in management and time in the military, it was more likely the ability to connect with folks and tap into their energy. Ed Blommel said, ” Terry and Kathy redefined integrity, caring and dedication. Their leadership turned the Civic Club into a meaningful asset to Homosassa.”

As president of the Homosassa Civic Club, Terry brought energy, vision and humor that inspired members to work together and invite others to join. Numbers went from a few dozen to almost 200 members. Says Roger Cullen, “Terry was born to be in charge of the club. It came natural to him…the right time and the right place. And Kathy was an incredible influence on everyone in the club. They were a great team Making everyone else look good was their magic.” Marian MacRae added, ” They made things happen and we all had fun.”

Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proudHelen Dyer, Cancer Researcher, Biochemist

The popular Homosassa Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival grew. An annual Mullet Toss and Seafood Festival was added. Proceeds from both enabled the club to pay its expenses, fund scholarships, provide free tutoring for children, make donations to other local charities, plus run holiday events for children and seniors. Everything was done by volunteers. The club grew in size and in spirit.

Under Terry’s guidance the club secured a state grant to purchase property for the Old Homosassa Heritage Park right on the Homosassa River. It’s now filled with the laughter of kids on the playground and happy folks who have picnics while watching river life. Property for a second park on the opposite bank was later donated due to the leadership and dedication to shoreline preservation that Heritage Park embodies . He effectively encouraged all groups that safeguard the habitat and health of area waters to collaborate

While supporting club projects, Kathy had a special love for the Homosassa Learning Center that is housed on the same property. Says Connie Wright-Gatto, “Kathy made a difference in so many areas- Sew Kool seamstress class and the Homosassa Ukers (amateur ukelele group). The Learning Center became a true center for learning.” Kathy arranged learning opportunities for kids and adults. Today it is a hub of activity. During days and evenings, women participate in fitness, sewing, music and social programs. After school and throughout the summer, organized classes and camps are held for kids.

Carve your name in hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”Shannon Alder, Author

Volunteering time to many organizations set the example for club members and benefited many local causes. However, it is the vibrant Homosassa Civic Club, the active Learning Center, the Heritage Park & Working Waterfront and the continuing work of dedicated volunteers that continue be living, daily reminders of Kathy and Terry Green.

-Sue Pagano